Chairman, Forte Oil, Mr Femi Otedola has taken his kindness and philanthropic gesture a notch higher. This time the beneficiary is former Stationery Stores and Green Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Fregene.
Fregene according to The Punch had been seriously sick and bedridden since 2001 and there were calls for help via a news report.
Just like he did with Christian Chukwu whom he gifted $50,000 and also promised to do everything to get him hale and hearty, Otedola, the Epe-Lagos business mogul has sent words to Fregene in Sapele, Delta State that he will take care of his medical bills.
We gathered that the 72 year-old Fregene will be airlifted to Lagos from the Benin for medical evaluation and treatment.
It was learnt that Otedola, after sending representatives to check on Fregene, finalised plans to move him to Lagos to commence immediate treatment at the Reddington Hospital in Lagos.
The former goalkeeper, who represented the country at the 1968 Olympic Games, confirmed the development to The Punch correspondent when contacted on Thursday.
Fregene said, “I’m leaving tomorrow (Friday) for Lagos for treatment through the help of Femi Otedola. He had earlier sent representatives to check on my health.
I’ll leave through the Benin Airport. Everything has been paid for by him (Otedola). I’m so happy for this. I’m so grateful to SUNDAY PUNCH for drawing the attention of Nigerians to my plight. Thank you.”
A sports manager and friend of Fregene, Event Eferhobo, said aside Otedola, other Nigerians including the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and ex-international, Victor Ikpeba had also visited the ailing coach.
“After your report (SUNDAY PUNCH), several persons have reached out to Papa Fregene but Otedola’s contribution has been awesome.